Tag Archives: Poverty

News Update: Social Security Turns 77

August 16, 2012

“In the 77 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935, the retirement program has been one of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty programs. Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, less than 10 percent live in poverty.”

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Burlington and Barre Head Start to benefit from $3.4M in new federal funding (Burlington Free Press)

March 5, 2012

Vermont is receiving $3.4 million to support Head Start programs in Burlington and Barre, the Vermont congressional delegation announced Monday.The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is receiving $1.5 million. The Central Vermont Community Action Agency in Barre is getting $1.8 million, a news release stated. Nearly 350 Vermont children of low-income, pre-school age receive […]

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Dems introduce Buffet rule (MSNBC)

February 1, 2012

Watch Bernie talk to Ed Schultz on MSNBC about the so-called “Buffet rule.”

“…when the effective tax rate for millionaires & billionaires is the lowest it has been in decades, so you have 1/4 of millionaires in this country paying a lower effective tax rate than the average middle-class person… of course it is right to ask the wealthiest people to pay more.”

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This Week in Poverty: State of the Union, State of Florida (The Nation)

January 27, 2012

By Greg Kaufmann Say it with me now—“Poverty.” Maybe even three times—“poverty, poverty, poverty.” Excellent. Why’s that so important? Because for a record 46 million Americans, including 22 percent of all children, that’s what they are living in—less than $22,300 annually for a family of four. Yet in a sixty-five-minute address describing the state of […]

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